NTSB Identification: GAA16CA465
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 05, 2016 in South Lake Tahoe, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA TR182, registration: N738GK
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot reported that during landing the airplane floated half way down the runway, so she decided to perform a go-around. During the go-around, the pilot reported that airplane would not climb initially and one wheel touched down on the runway, which "threw the airplane off kilter." Subsequently, the airplane did start to climb, but the flight path was over the grass to the right of the runway, so she forced the airplane down in the grass ahead. During the touchdown, the nose gear collapsed and the airplane nosed over.
During a postaccident interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that during the go-around, she retracted the flaps to 20 degrees, but she forgot to remove the carburetor heat because she normally flies fuel-injected airplanes.
The fuselage, both wings, and vertical stabilizer sustained substantial damage.
The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The pilot's operating handbook for the accident airplane states in part:
1. Power – FULL THROTTLE and 2400 RPM [revolutions per minute].
2. Carburetor Heat – COLD.
3. Wing Flaps – RETRACT to 20 degrees.
4. Climb Speed – 75 KIAS [knots indicated airspeed].
5. Wing Flaps – RETRACT slowly after reach 75 KIAS.
6. Cowl Flaps – OPEN.
About the time of the accident, at the accident airport, an automated weather observing system reported the wind to be variable at 6 knots, a temperature of 66 degrees Fahrenheit(19 Celsius), and a dew point of 26 degrees Fahrenheit (-3 Celsius). The airport's elevation was 6,268 feet above mean sea level (MSL) and the density altitude was 8,108 feet above MSL.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration Koch Chart, an airplane would have experienced a 66% decrease to the normal rate of climb. The high density altitude and the pilot's failure to remove the carburetor heat likely contributed to the airplane touching down momentarily on the runway during the go-around.
The woman sustained neck injuries. Her male co-pilot was able to walk away. The names and hometowns of the couple have not been released. Officials said they were in a rental plane.
The incident occurred about 1:30pm Sept. 5. Friends of the couple were having lunch at the airport restaurant, but refused to talk to Lake Tahoe News.
Mountain West Aviation officials speculate there was a downdraft that caused the plane to flip. It is resting upside down on the far side of the runway near the Upper Truckee River.
The plane came in from the direction of the lake.
“The wind was behind them. They should have come in from the other way,” Kristin Utler told Lake Tahoe News.
She and her family were preparing to return home to Concord when the accident occurred.
Their plans, and those of others, were delayed at least two hours. The airport was closed immediately after the accident.
FAA officials are expected to arrive later Monday to take over the investigation.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (News 4 & Fox 11) — A small plane has crashed at the South Lake Tahoe Airport, according to the city's fire and rescue department.
The agency tweeted the news just before 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. It later said two people were on board, with on person taken to a hospital. The extent of that person's injuries were not disclosed.
Photos from Fire and Rescue showed the plane lying upside down in a grass field.
A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said in an email the plane is a Cessna 182, and that it crashed during landing under unknown circumstances.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate, according to the spokesman.